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Easy Living in Kyoto

II Starting a New Life

5.Childbirth and Raising Children

5-1 Pregnancy

*When you become pregnant, report to your Ward Branch Office Health Department (Health Center) and obtain a Maternity and Child Health Handbook.

*During pregnancy, you can have pregnancy progress check-ups (Ninpu Kenshin) at hospitals, clinics, etc. which have an outpatient maternity ward.

*You will receive a mother and child medical check-up ticket with the Maternity Pass Book. The ticket will allow you to have 14 maternity check-ups.

*You can consult a health nurse at Ward Office Health Department (Health Centers) about health related matters.

*At your Ward Branch Office Health Department (Health Center), when you hand in your Maternity Pass Book, you can have a consultation with a health nurse. Also, it is a necessary provision for information when a health nurse visits your home in regard to the first stages of your pregnancy, or for a mother’s anxiety or concerns.

The Health Department (Health Center) of the Ward Office in your area


◆Maternity and Child Health Handbook

A Maternity and Child Health Handbook is very important in helping protect a mother and child’s health. Make sure to obtain a Maternity and Child Health Handbook available at the Ward or Branch Office Health Department (Health Center). Foreign language editions are also available in English, Chinese and Korean languages. The purpose of this book is to record the state of health of both mother and child. Make sure to take the handbook with you when you go to the hospital or Health Center for health consultation. You can also keep a record of vaccinations in the book.

See “Health Examinations and Vaccinations”

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5-2 Giving Childbirth

In Japan, it is commonplace to give birth at hospitals or maternity clinics. When a child is born, a health nurse at the Ward or Branch Office Health Department (Health Center) will visit the house to give advice on child-raising.


◆What to do after your baby is born

1. Obtain a Birth Certificate issued by the hospital.

2. Take the birth certificate to the Ward or Branch Office and hand it in together with the Birth Registration.

※If either of the parent is not a Japanese citizen, you need to register the birth of your baby to embassy or consulate of your country.

3. If one or both parents are not Japanese, she/he should also notify her/ his embassy or consulate in Japan and have it documented in their passport.

4. Obtain a “Certificate of Birth Registration”, and complete the child’s Foreign Resident Registration. (Within 14 days of birth)

5. Apply for resident status at the Immigration Bureau by bringing the child’s Birth Certificate or Certificate of Birth Registration. (The child must be registered within 30 days of birth if he or she is to stay in Japan 60 days or longer.)

*In addition, there will be other necessary procedures, such as registering your child’s birth at the Embassy or Consulate of your home country in order to include the child on your passport, and adding the child to your public medical insurance policy.

*Take the child for regular medical check-ups.

Baby check-ups and some vaccinations are available free-of-charge at your Ward Office/ Branch ward office Health Department (Health Center).

The Health Department (Health Center) of the Ward Office in your area. p.192


◆Child Bear/Raise Lump Sum Payment

Medical Insurance subscribers can receive the payment when they give birth. Once a woman becomes 84 days pregnant she is entitled to receive the payment even if she has a miscarriage or a stillbirth. National Health Insurance subscribers can receive ¥420,000 when the birth is covered by the maternity medical compensation system and ¥390,000 when it is not covered.

The Insurance/Pension Insurance Section of the Ward Office/Branch Ward Office in your area.

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5-3 Assistance for Households with Young Children

◆Discounted medical treatment for children

Hospitalization fee for infants and children up to Grade 6 in elementary school is ¥200/ month per medical institution. Outpatient fees are the same as hospitalization for children under 2 years of age. If, however, the outpatient payment exceeds ¥3,000 per month for children over 3 years until the age before entrance to elementary school, excessive medical expenses (monthly total expenses minus ¥3,000) is reimbursed. However, these services are only available to medical insurance subscribers including the child.

The Area Welfare Department (Fukushi Jimusho) or Juvenile Home Union Office (251-1123) and the Ward Office/Branch Ward Office in your area.


◆Child allowance

A parent or parents having children whose children under 16 years old are eligible to receive a child allowance from the Ward Office.

*A systemic revision is scheduled in April, 2010.

The Area Welfare Department (Fukushi Jimusho) or Juvenile Home Union Office (251-1123) and the Ward Office/Branch Ward Office in your area.


◆Assistance for single mother/father households

*You may be eligible for a loan for your financial difficulty (Boshi kafu fukushi shikin).・・・(single mother households)

*You may learn necessary skills for your work, e.g. use of computer software. ・・・(single mother households)

*You are given priority for entering public housing.・・・(single mother/father households)

*You are able to receive financial support for medical expenses (Boshi katei nado iryohi jyosei).・・・(single mother households)

*You are able to receive Child-rearing(raising) allowance (Jido fuyo teate).・・・(single mother/father households)

There are various other forms of assistance available.

The Area Welfare Department (Fukushi Jimusho) or Juvenile Home Union Office (251-1123) and the Ward Office/Branch Ward Office in your area.


◆Counseling on child rearing

Child Welfare Center: (Monday through Friday, 8:00-17:00) TEL:801-2929

Child Support Center: Ward or Branch Office, Welfare Department (Fukushi Jimusho)

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5-4 Child-Care Services (hoikusho)

A child-care or day-care center is a facility where children are looked after until they attend elementary schools. The fee is determined according to family income.


◆Eligibility for child-care services

To be eligible for child-care services there must be a special reason why they cannot look after their child such as parents are working or sick.


◆How to enroll in child-care services

Apply at the Ward or Branch Welfare Office in your district. with documents to certify the tax amount of the parents (parents’ work I.D, student I.D etc.)

The Area Welfare Department (Fukushi Jimusho) or Juvenile Home Union Office (251-1123) and the Ward Office/Branch Ward Office in your area.

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5-5 Play Centers for Children

◆Kids Center (Jidokan, gakudo-hoikusho)

Open 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, closed on Sundays, public holidays and during New Year holidays

From infants to children up to 18 years old can play games and sports here with a parent or supervisor. The facilities are free to use.


◆Kids Club

Parents who are not home during the day can bring their children here so that they can be safely protected and looked after. The program is available at kids centers and child-care centers. It is possible for children to attend the club after school, in which case an application is necessary.

Child Family Section (Jido Katei-ka)   TEL:251-2380


◆Kids Club

Kids Club regularly takes place at the Volunteer Room of the Kyoto International Community House (kokoka). It serves as a “Gathering Place” for children (5 -12 years of age) of various backgrounds, as a place for children to meet others who live in similar situations, and as a place for children to experience different cultures.

Activity Day: Every first and third Saturday, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Location: Kyoto International Community House (kokoka) 3F Volunteer Room


◆Raising Children Chat Station for Mothers and Fathers

For foreigners and Japanese residents alike who wish to talk about how to raise children in Kyoto. It is perfectly fine to bring your child with you.

Activity Day: Every month on the first Saturday and third Tuesday 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Location: Kyoto International Community House (kokoka) 3F Office Room


II-5. Education

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